Sidharth Malhotra cast to play a thug

After playing an Indian Army Officer in his last film, Aiyaary, actor Sidharth Malhotra is now set to turn a thug for his next film, tentatively titled Shotgun Shaadi. The story of the film revolves around the ill-practice of groom-kidnapping in some parts of Bihar. And in order to get into the skin of his character, the actor has, reportedly, started taking diction classes.

A well-placed source reveals to an Indian daily, “Sid plays a thug who abducts potential grooms and gets them forcefully married. He has started taking classes to master the Bihari diction.”

Shotgun Shaadi will be bankrolled by leading producer Ekta Kapoor under her production house, Balaji Motion Pictures. Talking about the female lead of the film, the makers are reportedly in talks with actress Shraddha Kapoor, with whom Sidharth worked in the 2014 film Ek Villain. Interestingly, Ek Villain was also produced by Ekta Kapoor.

Meanwhile, Sidharth is also doing a biopic on Kargil martyr Captain Vikram Batra. The project is expected to take off soon. It is yet not clear whether the actor will shoot for Shotgun Shaadi simultaneously with the Vikram Batra biopic or he will first finish the biopic and them move on to Ekta Kapoor’s film.